Former Schaumburg cop charged with DUI won't lose pension

  • John Raftery

    John Raftery

 
 
Updated 6/25/2018 8:17 PM

Former Schaumburg police officer John Raftery won't face any repercussions to his pension from the misdemeanor drunken driving arrest that immediately preceded his resignation Friday, officials said.

Because Raftery was off-duty and charged with a misdemeanor rather than a felony, there will be no impact to his retirement benefits, said Cary Collins, the attorney for Schaumburg's police pension board.

 

Raftery, 51, of Schaumburg was charged with driving under the influence and failure to reduce speed after his car struck a tree about 1:35 a.m. Friday on the 400 block of Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

"It's a pretty strict standard to pull someone's pension," Collins said. "The courts don't favor a forfeiture of benefits."

A police officer needs to serve only eight years to be vested in his or her pension and be eligible to receive benefits at age 60, Collins said. When one has served for 20 years and is over age 50, he or she is eligible to receive half the final salary in retirement.

Pensions are paid at 2.5 percent of an officer's final salary for every year worked, Collins said.

With 28 years' service to the Schaumburg Police Department, Raftery is eligible for 70 percent of his final salary of $99,726.

As per standard procedure, the village's police pension board must formally approve Raftery's retirement benefits. The panel has not met since Raftery resigned, Collins said.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.